TV forced onto internet based broadcasting - 25th
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DAVID HAGUE 25 SEP 2014
of the Australian Governments latest decisions
has been to not-so-gently advise Australias
five Community TV stations their bandwidth is going
to be purloined off them and sent to the highest bidder.
have been told they must move to internet broadcasting,
which somehow Malcolm Turnbull, the relevant Minister
believes will also increase their audience.
numbers and sources are quoted to strengthen the case,
the most damning supposedly that over the last 5 years
the annual daily audience in prime time designated
as 6pm to midnight is only 6000 or so when
the total amount of TV viewers is around 15 million.
stellar numbers on the surface. The problem is, having
been involved in Community broadcasting, the size
of the audience is not the purpose behind the raison
detre of Community TV.
is designed for a number of purposes; a major one
is to let everyday people get to learn about broadcasting
and put to air programs that would otherwise not be
made as commercial TV stations wouldnt use them
as they are not commercially viable.
that doesnt make them any less important.
claims that going internet based will increase the
audience, but that also doesnt really address
the reasons for CTV. If that were so, would normal
stations also be broadcasting via the medium? Some
would say they are with the likes of iView and other
catch-up channels, but in reality, these
are more a substitute for DVDs and other mediums in
a digital age than actual broadcasting.
there is the argument around getting the bandwidth
back and using it for more noble purposes. Yeah right.
The highest bidder is not necessarily going to be
all altruistic and become another HBO. The presence
of those damned shopping channels is proof of that.
wonder how many people actually watch those to put
that side of things into perspective.
not seemingly taken into account is that not everyone
who watches CTV has internet connectivity. And even
if they do, the cost of the bandwidth in terms of
data usage user pays would probably be prohibitive,
especially if you live in a low signal area. Even
here on the Gold Coast, a bit further down the road
has no ADSL, so again from experience, having to use
wireless quickly breaks the bank.
has found numerous talents who have gone on to much
bigger and better things:, Rove McManus, Amy Parks,
Greg Tingle, Hamish and Andy's Hamish Blake and Andy
Lee, Adam Richard, Peter Helliar, Merrick and Rosso's
Merrick Watts and Tim Ross, Jo Stanley, Darren Chau,
Corinne Grant, Jamie McDonald, Tom Ballard, Tommy
Little, Dave Thornton and Kim Hope all got their start
from C31 in Melbourne for example.
testament to the importance of CTV right there as
a training ground with no peer.
the changeover from digital broadcasting to internet
based might be prohibitive for some or even all of
the existing CTV stations. The changeover to digital
from analogue had to be subsidised by the Government
and all that expense would be going to nought if this
move to internet broadcasting is enforced.
short, if it aint broke, dont mend it.
Its hard not to be cynical and think this is
all about the Government smacking its chops at the
prospect of all that lovely lolly to be gained from
the bandwidth sell off.